• \[Solved\] Laptop Battery Life


    HI,

    I just got a brand new laptop with Intel graphics, but I’m a littlw weary of going back to linux.

    This is because I typically get much worse battery life on linux. My question is that what should I do to ensure the same battery life as windows (if that’s possible?). Installl TLP? And maybe these: [https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/2014/intelr-graphics-installer-1.0.4-linux][0]">[https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/][1] … .0.4-linux ??

    Would that cut it?

    I love the numix themed gnome on antergos and would really like to switch if battery life is garunteed, because that’s very important to my laptop needs.

    Thanks in advanced!

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    [1]: https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/

  • HI,

    I just got a brand new laptop with Intel graphics, but I’m a littlw weary of going back to linux.

    This is because I typically get much worse battery life on linux. My question is that what should I do to ensure the same battery life as windows (if that’s possible?). Installl TLP? And maybe these: [https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/2014/intelr-graphics-installer-1.0.4-linux][0]">[https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/][1] … .0.4-linux ??

    Would that cut it?

    I love the numix themed gnome on antergos and would really like to switch if battery life is garunteed, because that’s very important to my laptop needs.

    Thanks in advanced!

    [0]: <a href=
    [1]: https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/

  • Hi,
    How recent was the last time you used linux with poor battery life? My battery life with linux has always been better than Windows since the day I bought my laptop (Dell, core i3, intel graphics). The main thing that eats up your battery while under normal usage is the display. I’d say the second to highest would be the wifi connection. I find it better to be mindful of what causes the most battery drain and adjust my workflow when needed. For instance, I only use bluetooth on occasion so I keep it disabled. If its possible I will ensure I am not on the edge of a wifi routers coverage (it drains battery). I never put my display brightness higher than it needs to be for me to see comfortably. All these things will help you get the most from a singloe charge. I guess you could try a tool like TLP, but I personally don’t use any. I know this should go without saying but just in case…laying in your bed (which is on the opposite side the house from your router) and streaming a movie on netflix will drain your battery faster than you can say battery

    Cheers!

  • Thanks for the response!

    Last I was on linux was last year, and yes I keep brightness on the lowest.

    However I did notice my battery life was a little bit more than an hour shorter, from 5.5 hours to just above 4 immediately after putting linux on. Was that just some bug then, and I probably will be fine switching back over now?

  • It’s certainly possible that it was a kernel bug or some other bug. The development of the linux kernel is moving faster than ever before, ALOT has improved in just a year’s time. Give it a try is all I can say

    Cheers!

  • You may try Powertop (see arch wiki) to identify what is draining battery. It can also be use to optimize powersaving.
    As an alternative you can also try laptop mode.

    cheers.

    O-p

  • You can use the i915 RC6 mode to throttle your intel gpu on low load.
    With this module you can save up to 60% of battery power.

    Please give a feedback after you get help so the thread can be set to solved.

  • oh cool! thanks both of you. im going to install antergos this weekend and see!

  • Well I can’t get live cd to boot it keeps failing when trying to open lightdm login manager

    Is there any way to force it past this screen? I realize this is wrong section of forum but in case it’s a quick fix.

  • While I wasn’t able to install antergos (and therefore try out arch) i did install ubuntu based distro…i will try antergos again perhaps next major release!

    But you were right. I installed tlp and the battery life is mostly comparable to windows! Only 30 minutes less.

    Thanks for giving me push to come back to linux

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